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Table 1 Baseline Characteristics of Patients

From: Acupuncture for pain and osteoarthritis of the knee: a pilot study for an open parallel-arm randomised controlled trial

Characteristics   Acupuncture Control Total
Mean Age   62.9 (8.0) 64.2 (8.5) 63.5 (8.2)
Female Sex (%)   9 (60) 9 (60) 18 (60)
Ethnicity (%) White 15 (100) 15(100) 30(100)
Employment History (%)     
  Employed part-time 0 (0) 1 (7) 1 (3.3)
  Employed full-time 6 (40) 2 (13) 8 (27)
  Self employed 1 (6.9) 0 (0) 1 (3.3)
  Retired 7 (47) 11 (73) 18 (60)
  Not employed but seeking work 1 (6.9) 0 (0) 1 (3.3)
  Not employed/not seeking work due to ill health 0 (0) 1 (7) 1 (3.3)
Education     
  Not in full time education (%) 15 (100) 15 (100) 30 (100)
  Age when leaving full time education (SD) 18.1 (7.4) 15.5 (1.3) 16.8 (5.4)
  Since leaving school/college/uni have had more part-time further/higher education (%) 7 (47%) 4 (27%) 11 (37%)
Mean OKS (SD) 30.93 (9.32) 30.6 (9.30) 30.77 (9.15)  
Mean WOMAC Scores (SD)
  Pain 0-20 7.33 (2.82) 7.40 (3.66) 7.37 (3.21)
  Stiffness 0-8 3.13 (1.46) 3.8 (1.57) 3.47 (1.53)
  Function 0-68 20.53 (12.71) 26.27 (13.98) 23.4 (13.45)
  Global 0-96
0 = best health
31 (15.65) 37.47 (18.18) 34.23 (16.99)
Mean SF36 Scores (SD)
  Physical Functioning 49.59 (26.57) 48.33 (24.54) 48.96 (25.14)
  Social Functioning 71.76 (25.21) 70 (23.53) 70.83 (23.97)
  Role Physical Functioning 62.5 (28.35) 52.92 (25.43) 57.71 (26.9)
  Role Mental Functioning 76.67 (26.01) 68.89 (35.56) 72.78 (30.87)
  Mental Health 76.33 (15.41) 69.33 (18.7) 72.83 (17.21)
  Vitality 55 (18.63) 46.25 (23.95) 50.63 (21.55)
  Pain 53.07 (18.71) 51.33 (24.31) 52.17 (21.42)
  General Health 67.27 (16.95) 55.05 (19.03) 61.16 (18.76)
EQ5D (SD)   0.61 (0.24) 0.67 (0.15) 0.64 (0.2)